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Mizoram: Highest HIV&AIDS prevalence rate in India

GUWAHATI, FEB 19 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 2/19/2020 10:36:21 AM IST

Mizoram has recorded the highest HIV&AIDS prevalence rate in India, followed by Manipur and Nagaland.

A total of 21,538 cases have been registered in Mizoram since October 1990, when the first case was identified, state health minister R Lalthangliana told the Assembly.

Answering a joint query posed by MNF leader Vanlaltanpuia and Independent MLA Lalduhoma, the minister said that most of the cases were found between the age group of 25-34 years.

The minister also said that local bodies, churches, NGOs have been asked for help.

Just recently, the government of Mizoram had sought support from the United Nations to fight the menace and deal with the rising number of HIV&AIDS patients. Help has been sought from UNAIDS in the form of financial aid as well as logistics.

Project director of Mizoram State Aids Control Society (MSACS) Dr Lalthlengliani said that at least 2,416 people have died of the disease between January 2006 and September 2019. 

According to various reports, there has been an increase in drug inflow within the region from neighbouring countries. The youth, in particular, have been affected by the drug problem.

According to the National AIDS Control Organisation it was estimated that 2.11 million people in India live with HIV&AIDS in 2015. Again the 2017 UNAIDS data showed that new HIV infections in India have decreased by 46%, and AIDS-related deaths have decreased by 22% since 2010. In the year 2016, India had 80,000 new HIV infections against 1,50,000 in 2005, and 62,000 AIDS-related deaths against 1,50,000 in 2005. India has HIV prevalence of 0.26% in the adult population, approximately 2.1 million people living with HIV, shows data.

 

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